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AC Trigger Ammeter Amplifier Arc Welder Audio Alarm Audio Mixer BC 547 NPN transistor BC557 PNP transistor BD 139 BD140 transistor Bipolar Transistors CA 3130 OP-amp Capacitor Data Car Voltage Converter Chip Pinouts Circuit Symbols Common Base/Emitter/ Collector Circuits Counter Crystal Set Darlington Transistor DC Millivoltmeter Definitions Difference Amplifier Diode Dual Power Supply Electronic Dice FET FET Voltmeter Field Strength Meter MkII Flashing LED FM Transmitter FM Bug Germanium Diode Hearing Aid Infinity Bug Infrared LED Infrared Light Beam Kitt Scanner Lamp Dimmer Lamp Flasher Light Beam Relay Light Switch LEDs LED Chaser LED Dice LED Flasher LM 340 LM 386 Logic Gates Logic Probe Metal Detector Metronome Microcontrollers 39 83 20, 21 78 59 46 19 19 21 15 52 71 25 74 4 15,16 37 9 17 47 18 46 8 54 36 29 29 79 33 20,81 9 81 80 34 38 60 39 59 28 30 31 33 61 33 50 67 56 58,62 57,59 25 85 Microphone Morse Code Generator MPF 102 FET Multivibrator OA 91 diode OP Amp Peak Reading VU Meter Photo Diode Photo Electric Relay Pinouts Power Diode Power Supply Relay Driver Resistors RF Monitor Meter RF Prescaler SCR C122D Silicon Controlled Rectifier Simon Regulator 78xx 79xx Signal Diode Semiconductor Devices Solar Charger Square Wave Oscillator Steam Simulator Surface Mount Resistors Time Delay Timer Transistor Amplifier Transistor Pinouts TRIAC SC151D Touch Switch Ultrasonic Transmitter Unijunction Transistor UJT UJT Time Delay Wein Bridge Oscillator Zener Diode 1N4001 Power diode 1N4148 Signal diode 27MHz Links 2N2646 UJT 2N 3055 transistor 4017 Decade counter 555 Light Switch 555 Timer 7-Segment Displays 74c14 Hex Schmitt 741 OP Amp 7555 CMOS 555 7805 +5v Regulator 7905 -5v Regulator 83 21 26 21 9 42 52 34 30 74 8 22, 60 20 68 9 28 40 44 86 8, 10 51,53 14 56 77 50 75 69 25 28 81 55 38 58 57 37 37 53 47 8 10 23 76 22 64 60 29 48 35 62 44 50 60



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Circuit Symbols

The list above covers almost every symbol you will find on an electronic circuit diagram. It allows you to identify a symbol and also draw circuits. It is a handy reference and has some symbols that have never had a symbol before, such as a Flashing LED and electroluminescence panel. Once you have identified a symbol on a diagram you will need to refer to specification sheets to identify each lead on the actual component. The symbol does not identify the actual pins on the device. It only shows the component in the circuit and how it is wired to the other components, such as input line, output, drive lines etc. You cannot relate the shape or size of the symbol with the component you have in your hand or on the circuit-board. Sometimes a component is drawn with each pin in the same place as on the chip etc. But this is rarely the case. Most often there is no relationship between the position of the lines on the circuit and the pins on the component. Thats what makes reading a circuit so complex. This is very important to remember with transistors, voltage regulators, chips and so many other components as the position of the pins on the symbol are not in the same places as the pins on the component and sometimes the pins have different functions according to the manufacturer. Sometimes the pin numbering is different according to the component, such as positive and negative regulators. You must to refer to the manufacturers specification sheet to identify each pin, to be sure you have identified them correctly.

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1N4001 to 1N4007 Silicon Power Rectifiers

Instantaneous Voltage Drop @ forward current = 1 A 1.1V

The following are subminiature general purpose power rectifiers for low power applications

Electrical Characteristics Specifications

Absolute Maximum Ratings Peak Repetitive Reverse Voltage
1N4001 1N4002 1N4003 1N4004 1N4005 1N4006 1N4007 50V 100V 200V 400V 600V 800V 1000V Maximum Full-Cycle Average Voltage Drop @ Forward Current = 1 A 0.8V

Reverse Current RMS Reverse Voltage 1N4001 1N4002 1N4003 1N4004 1N4005 1N4006 1N4007 0.03mA 35v 70v 140v 280v 420v 560v 700v

Their value will depend on the current and the degree of smoothing required.

As a general guide, if the current being drawn from a supply is high, the
size of the smoothing capacitor will need to be large (around 2500uF or

larger) if the hum level is to be kept down to a respectable level.

i.e. as the load increases from zero to maximum the output voltage will drop due to the transformer voltage dropping under load and losses across the diodes - and the storage capacity of smoothing capacitors.

It must also not be forgotten that all of these circuits are 'unregulated'

Example Say for example we want a power supply to give 9V at 1 A. We could use a M21 55 transformer which is rated at 1 A. If we use a bridge rectifier and the 9V tapping the output voltage will be:VDC= 1.41 XVAC - 1.41 X9V = 1 2 . 69V Peak ( 9V at 1A load)

One thing to be aware of with this type of power supply circuit is the voltages given by the formulas are nominal only. Because the actual output voltage of a transformer varies according to its load, the DC output of the power supply will also vary. As well as this, there is a voltage drop across the diodes which will vary according to load. If you need a very precise voltage, the best solution is to use one of the regulated power supply circuits shown in the zener Diode and Voltage Regulator sections of this ebook. You will see that most regulated circuits use one of the circuits above to produce unregulated DC, then regulate it to a consistent voltage that is independent of the load.

Loading and Nominal Voltage

OA91 General purpose germanium signal diode

IP Forward current VR Reverse Voltage Forward voltage drop @ IP = 10mA @lF = 0.1mA

The OA91 is a small signal germanium point contact diode. It is suitable for a wide range of RF detector and small signal rectifying applications.

50mA 90V Vp, 1.05V 0.1V

Crystal Set

The crystal set consists of a tuned circuit which selects the wanted station or frequency, and a detector, which separates the information (music, speech etc.) from the radio transmission. The audio voltage produced is an exact replica of the sound from the radio station. The detector diode rectifies the incoming signal, leaving a half wave radio signal which varies in amplitude with the audio signal. The fixed capacitor C2 shorts out or 'bypasses' the RF signal, leaving only the audio.

The circuit below is for a Crystal set using a readily available Ferrite rod and pre-wound aerial coil.

RF Monitor Meter

The circuit is an RF monitor meter suitable for measuring the strength of a signal from transmitters. You could use it to measure the effectiveness of different antennas for example. It works in much the same way as the crystal set, but without the tuned circuit. The meter M, will indicate the strength of the 'carrier'. Modulation of the carrier i.e. signal on the carrier, will cause the reading to vary. M, is not critical, and any meter of 1mA or better sensitivity will be suitable.

1N4148 Silicon Signal Diode

Low Capacitance. 4pF at 0V High breakdown voltage. 100V

The 1N4148 is a general purpose signal diode suitable for a wide range of switching and low power rectifying purposes. It is equivalent to the 1N914.


Capacitance VR=0, f= 1MHz 4pF Reverse Recovery Time 4nsec Rectification Efficiency 2.0V rms. f=100 MHz

Absolute Maximum Ratings

Breakdown Voltage 100V Working Inverse Voltage 75V DC Forward Current 300mA Maximum Total Dissipation at 25C 500mW

Zener Diodes

Zener diodes are used primarily as voltage references. They are devices which maintain an almost constant voltage across them despite various changes in circuit conditions.

Diode bridges are a package of four diodes connected in a full wave bridge rectifier configuration. They can be encapsulated in plastic or steel/epoxy cases, and even DIL and surface mount packages for the smaller units. The square metal packages usually have one AC terminal marked, with the other terminal diagonally opposite it. The positive DC terminal is marked, with the negative terminal diagonally opposite it. Plastic square packages often have all terminal markings embossed in the package. In line plastic packages take up less PCB real estate while still maintaining a reasonable current capacity, and usually have their terminals marked with the AC connections being the inside two leads.

Unlike conventional diodes, zener diodes are deliberately intended to be used with the anode connected to a negative potential (or 0v) and the cathode connected to the positive potential. When connected in this manner, zener diodes have a very high resistance below a certain critical voltage (called the zener voltage). If this voltage is exceeded, the resistance of the zener drops to a very low level. When used in this region, essentially constant voltage will be maintained across the Zener, despite quite large changes in the applied currents. This is illustrated graphically in the figure below. It can be seen that beyond the zener voltage, the reverse voltage remains practically constant despite changes in reverse current. Because of this, Zener diodes may be used to provide a constant voltage drop, or reference voltage. The actual voltage available from a zener diode is temperature dependent.

The Basic Circuit

The Basic Voltage regulator circuit is shown below. It uses only one resistor and one zener diode. This is called a SHUNT REGULATOR. See SERIES REGULATOR below.

If the Zener diode is rated at 5.6V and the applied voltage is 8.0V, then with no load applied, the output voltage across R1 will be 5.6V and the remaining 2.4V will be dropped across Rs, If the input voltage is changed to 9.0V, then the voltage across the Zener will remain at 5.6V. In practice, the voltage across the Zener will rise slightly due to the 'dynamic resistance of the zener. The resistor R1 represents an external load. When this load is connected, some of the current flowing through the zener will now pass through the load. The series resistor Rs is selected so that the minimum current passing through the zener is not less than that required for stable regulation. It is also necessary to ensure that the value of Rs is such that the current flow through the zener cannot exceed its specified power rating. This can be calculated by multiplying the zener voltage by the zener current. The design procedure is as follows:1) Specify the maximum and minimum load current, say 0mA and 10mA. 2) Specify the maximum and minimum supply voltages (say 12v) but ensure that the minimum supply voltage is always at least 1.5v higher than the zener voltage being used. 3) In the circuit shown the minimum zener current is 100A. Thus the maximum zener current (which occurs when there is no load connected) is 10ma plus 100A equals 10.1mA. 4) The series resistor must conduct 10.1mA at the lowest input supply voltage, so the minimum voltage drop across Rs will be 1.5v. Thus the value of Rs will be:1.5v / 10.1X10-3 = 148.5 ohms

This could be changed to the nearest preferred value of 150 ohms. 5) At the maximum supply voltage (12v) the voltage across Rs is equal to the zener current times the series resistor.

This is the maximum (worst case) zener current. To work out the resulting power dissipation, we multiply this current by the zener voltage. In this example this works out at:-

Any zener over this in power rating would be suitable in this circuit.

Temperature Drift in Zeners

Typical zener diodes drift in their voltage at about +0.1%/C at the higher voltages. At lower voltages this goes negative reaching -0.04%/C at around 3.5v. This may be made use of in temperature sensing devices. The circuit below shows how a bridge consisting of two similar zener diodes and two resistors can indicate temperature differences when one zener is held at standard temperature and the other is subjected to the conditions to be monitored. If a 10v zener is used, it will have a temperature coefficient of +0.07%/C giving a change of 7millivolts per degree C.

Non Standard Voltages

Non standard voltages can be obtained by connecting zener diodes in series. The diodes need not have the same voltages since this arrangement is self equalizing.

It may also be necessary at times to provide a regulated voltage lower than that normally available from a zener diode. These voltages may be obtained by using the difference between two pairs of zeners. This is shown in the circuit below. As a bonus, the temperature compensation of this circuit is excellent, since both zeners tend to drift in the same direction, maintaining the voltage difference.

Zener Noise

Zener diodes generate noise voltages. These may vary between 10V and 1mV depending on zener voltage and rating. This noise is easily suppressed by placing a 0.01 to 0.1F capacitor across it. This reduces the noise voltage by a factor of at least 10.

Zener Diode as a Calibration Signal

When supplied with alternating current, the zener diode will limit both the negative and positive halves of the AC cycle. The waveform will be asymmetrical, since the zener will limit almost immediately in one direction, but will not limit until its zener voltage in the other direction.

Increased Power Handling

Although zeners can be paralleled for higher power operation, it is usually a better idea to use a series transistor with a zener reference. This configuration improves the power handling and also the regulation of the circuit by a factor equal to the current gain of the transistor.

The output voltage of this circuit will be equal to the zener voltage minus the baseemitter voltage of the transistor (approx. 0.7V). Output Voltage = Zener Voltage - 0.7V.

Constant Current Regulation

This simple circuit maintains a constant current (within approx 10%).

Over-voltage Protection

The circuit below uses the zener as a 'fuseblower'. The zener is selected so that under normal operation it is not conducting. If the circuit develops a fault and the power supply voltage rises above the zener voltage, the zener will come 'on' and draw a heavy current, blowing the fuse.

Improving temperature stability

If better temperature stability is required than can be obtained with a single zener, a good trick is to use an ordinary forward biased silicon diode. This makes use of the fact that the forward voltage temperature coefficient of a silicon diode is approximately -2mV/C. The temperature coefficient of the silicon diode and the zener diode cancel out, giving an almost temperature independent voltage reference. The use of the forward biased diode also allows 'trimming' of zeners to voltages other than the preferred value available. A silicon diode when forward biased will have a voltage drop of 0.7v. When put in series

with a zener it will increase the reference by this much. Thus a 6.2v zener plus a silicon diode will give a voltage of 6.9v.

Dual Voltage Power Supply

The circuit below uses zener diodes to give a split or dual power supply which is ideal for running ICs such as op-amps. The power input only needs to be an unregulated single rail DC source. When selecting Rs it should be remembered that the zener is the sum of the voltage of the two zeners.

These two circuits show typical use of zeners in power supply circuits. The circuit below is designed to give increased current capacity. It will supply up to 1A with suitable heatsinking of the transistors.

These two circuits show typical use of zeners in power supply circuits. The circuit below is designed to give increased current capacity. It will supply up to 1A with suitable heatsinking of the transistors.

Semiconductor Devices

The simplest type of semiconductor device is the diode. It has two electrodes, a cathode and an anode. II is formed from a junction of P and N type silicon. As shown below, when the diode is forward biased, by applying a negative voltage to the cathode (the N type silicon) and a positive voltage to the anode (the P type silicon) the diode conducts and has a very low resistance. If the voltage connections are reversed, the diode is said to be reversed biased and has a very high resistance.

If another layer is added to the semiconductor junction, the resulting device becomes a bipolar transistor. The three layers of the device are the emitter, the collector and the base. In normal operation, the emitter to base junction is forward biased and the collector to base junction in the reverse direction. There are two types of transistor, NPN and PNP. The names relate to the 'sandwich' structure of the two types of transistor. They are shown below. For practical purposes, the important difference between the two types of transistor is that in NPN transistors the current flows from emitter to collector. In PNP transistors the electrons flow from collector to emitter.

Bipolar Transistors

Bipolar Transistors are current amplifying devices. When a small signal current is applied at the input terminal (the base) of the bipolar transistor, an amplified reproduction of this signal appears at the output terminals (the collector).

There are 3 useful way of connecting the input signal for amplification.

Common Base Mode

In this mode, the signal is introduced into the emitter-base circuit (Thus the base element is common to both the input and output circuits. In this mode, the input impedance is low (i.e. it puts a heavy load on the signal source). The output impedance is fairly high. This type of circuit gives voltage gain and slightly less than unity current gain.

Commonly used as an impedance converter.

Common Emitter Mode

In this configuration, the signal is introduced into the base-emitter circuit. This arrangement has moderate input and output impedance. It gives both current and voltage gain. Current gain is measured by comparing the base current and the collector current and so is equivalent to HFE A very small change in base current produces a relatively large change in collector current. Depending on the type of transistor this will vary from 5-600. This is the most commonly used circuit, very often found in audio amplifiers. For an explanation of HFE see definition below.

Common Collector Mode

In this configuration, the signal is introduced into the base/collector circuit and is 'extracted' from the emitter/collector circuit. The input impedance of this arrangement is high and the output impedance is low. The voltage gain is less than unity while the current gain is high. This configuration is used as an impedance matching device. Commonly called an emitter follower, it is also often used as a current amplifier in power supplies.

Common Collector Mode

Darlington Pair
The Darlington Pair uses a pair of transistors coupled together as an emitter follower so that the emitter current of the first transistor flows through the base/emitter junction of the second transistor. The resulting current gain of the transistor pair is found by multiplying the current gain of the transistors together. The resulting current gain is very high and the input impedance of such a stage is very high.

Biasing Arrangements

For linear amplification as opposed to switching applications, the 'operating point' of the transistor must be set so as to minimize distortion. The simplest of biasing arrangement is shown below. The base resistor RB is selected to provide the desired base current, which is 27A in the example shown. This base current turns the transistor 'on' and establishes the collector current. In the circuit below (a):

This arrangement is sensitive to temperature and varying gains of transistors. A better arrangement is shown above (b). This stabilizes the operating point of the transistor because an increase in collector current drops the collector voltage and thus decreases the base bias.


Alpha (a) Gain In the common base mode, the emitter is the input electrode and the collector is the output electrode. The alpha is the ratio of the collector current lc to the emitter current IE. It is always less than 1. Beta current gain (hFE) In the common emitter mode, the base is the input terminal and the collector is the output terminal. The beta is the ratio of the collector current lc to the base current IB. Gain Bandwidth Product (fhfe) This is the frequency at which the alpha or beta (according to the type of circuit) drops to 0.707 times its 1 kHz value. Transition Frequency (fT) The frequency at which the small-signal forward current transfer ratio (common-emitter) falls to unity. Breakdown voltage This defines the voltage between two electrodes at which the current rises rapidly. The breakdown voltage may be specified with the third electrode open, shorted or biased to another electrode. Secondary Breakdown High voltages and currents passing through a transistor cause current to be concentrated or focused on a very small area of the transistor chip causing localized overheating. This is important in power transistors which are often designed to minimize this effect. Saturation Voltage (Vcesat) For a given base current, the collector-emitter saturation voltage is the potential across this junction while the transistor is in conduction. A further increase in the bias does not increase the collector current. Saturation voltage is very important in switching and power transistors. It is usually in the order of 0.1v to 1.0v Safe-operating-area Power transistors are often required to work at high currents and high voltages simultaneously. This ability is shown in a safe operating area curve.

The total package power dissipation

The dc voltage between the collector terminal and the base terminal when the emitter terminal is open-circuited.

The dc voltage between the collector terminal and the emitter terminal when the base terminal is open-circuited.

BC547-9 (BC107-9) NPN BC557-9 (BC557-9) PNP

Low frequency, general purpose small signal transistors widely used in audio, switching and television circuits. The BC547-9 series and BC557-9 series are functionally identical to the common BC107-9 series. All have a maximum power dissipation of 500mW. They have essentially similar specifications and can generally be substituted for one another (within the PNP and NPN groups of three each). All devices are housed in standard TO-92 plastic packages.



30v 30v 100mA 500mW 110 - 800 300MHz 600mV

30v 30v 100mA 500mW 200 - 800 300MHz 600mV

50v Vcto 45v lc 100mA Ptotl 500mW hFE min-max at I0 2mA 110 - 800 fT typical 300MHz VCEsat (max) at lc 100mA/lB 5mA 600mV


50v 45v 100mA

30v 30v 100mA 500mW

30v 30v 100mA 500mW 125 - 475 150MHz 600mV

lc P,ot 500mW hFE min-max at lc 2mA fT typical VCEsat (max) at lc 100mA/lB 5mA

75 - 475 75 - 475 150MHz 150MHz 600mV 600mV

A Simple Amplifier
This circuit will operate on any supply from 3v to 15v. Using a 9v supply, the circuit gives a voltage gain of 46dB (200 times), frequency response within 3dB from 30Hz to 100kHz, input impedance of 1.5k ohms and an output impedance of 5.6k ohms. The base bias resistor R1 gives sufficient negative feedback to compensate for the large variation of hFE values in individual transistors and for variations in supply voltage.

Relay driver

This simple circuit increases the sensitivity of a relay so that it will trigger at 700mV at 40uA. Any relay with an operating current of less than 60mA and operating voltage of less than 12v is suitable. The circuit's supply rail should be at least 3v higher than the operating voltage of the relay.

The circuit will work with any relay with a coil resistance higher than 180 ohms and a pull in voltage of less than 12v.

FM transmitter

This circuit, is about as simple as a transmitter can get. The coil is etched onto the printed circuit board, but can be easily substituted by 6 turns on a 4mm diameter former.

Multivibrator- Morse Code Generator

This circuit is an astable multivibrator or square-wave generator. The circuit is suitable as a morse code generator. The frequency of operation can be raised by making the value of the capacitors smaller. The speaker can be any general purpose 8 ohm type.

BD139/140 Driver Transistors

High gain (hFE40-250)

BD139/140 are complementary silicon driver transistors designed for audio and switching applications. They come in TO-126 plastic cases. The BD139 is an NPN device and the BD140 is PNP. High fT (250MHz for BD139, 75MHz for BD140)

Absolute Maximum Ratings

Collector-Emitter Voltage (VCEO) BD139 80V BD140 80V Collector-Base Voltage (VCBS) BD139 100V BD140 100V Collector Current Continuous (Ic) BD139/140 1A Total Device Dissipation (Ptot) BD139/140 8W

DC Current gain (hFF) @ lc = 150mA 40-250 (BD139/140) fT(MHz) BD139 250MHz BD140 75MHz Collector-Emitter Saturation Voltage (VCEsat) @ lc = 500mA 0.5V (BD139/140) IB = 50mA

Basic Amplifier

The circuit is for a low power amplifier using a BD139/140 pair in the output stage. The amplifier has a gain of 66. It needs 10OmV input for full output, which is approximately 500mW into 8 ohms.

2N3055 Power Transistor

The 2N3055 is a medium speed NPN Silicon Power Transistor designed for general purpose switching and amplifier applications.


DC current Gain (hFE) = 20-70 @ lc = 4.0A Collector-Emitter Saturation Voltage = 1.0V @ lc = 4.0A

Absolute Maximum Ratings

Collector-Emitter Voltage (VCEO) 60v Collector-Base Voltage (VCBO) 100v Emitter-Base Voltage (VEB) 7.0v Collector Current Continuous (lc) 15A Base Current Continuous (IB) 7A Total Device Dissipation (Ptot) 115W


Collector- Emitter Leakage Current (VCE = 30V, lB = 0) DC Current Gain (HFE) lc = 4.0A VCE = 4.0V lc = 10.0A VCE = 4.0V CoIlector-Emitter Saturation Voltage IC = 4.0A IB = 0.4A lc = 10.0A IB = 0.4A Ft @ IC = 3.3A

0.7mA 20-70 5 (Minimum) 1.1v 8.0V 0.8MHz

Low Ripple Regulated Power Supply

The excellent characteristics of the 2N3055 at high currents (high hFE and low collector-emitter saturation voltage) makes it ideal as a series regulator transistor in regulated power supplies. The power supply circuit shown below can be used when high current with low ripple is required. Q, and Q2 form a high power Darlington. ZD1 and R1 provide a reference voltage at the base of Q1 The voltage output will be:VOUT = Zener Voltage - 1.2v

Car Voltage Converter for radios and cassettes

This circuit is suitable for dropping a 12v car battery to the correct voltage to run portable cassette players/radios etc. Using a 2N3055 might seem like a bit of an overkill but they are cheap. The output voltage will be 0.7v lower than the zener voltage, due to the voltage drop across the base-emitter junction of the 2N3055. The 10 ohm series resistor stops excessive current being drawn in the case of a short. The diode (1N4001) protects the transistor in case of reverse voltage being applied.

The output will drive transistor radios, cassette players etc. If the current drain is over 500mA, it is a good idea to put a heat sink on Q1. Mounting the converter in a metal box with Q1 on the lid (but insulated from it with a mica washer) will act as a good heatsink.

2N2646 Unijunction transistor

The 2N2646 is intended for general and industrial triggering and oscillator circuits where circuit economy is of primary importance. lt is a high speed switching device with a low saturation voltage.

Absolute maximum ratings

Power Dissipation 300mW RMS Emitter Current 50mA Peak Emitter Current (Capacitor discharge <10F) 2A Emitter Reverse Voltage 30V Interbase Voltage 35V


Intrinsic Standoff Ratio (VBB = 10v) Interbase Resistance (VBB = 3v, Ie = 0) Emitter Saturation Voltage (VBB = 10v, IE = 50mA) Emitter Reverse Current (VB2E = 30V IB1 = 0) Peak Point Emitter Current (VBB = 25v) Valley Point Current (VBB = 20v RB2 = 100R) Base-One Peak Pulse Voltage

RBB0 VE(sat) IE0 IP IV V0B1

0.69 6.7 2 .001 0.8 5 8.5

Basic Theory

The unijunction transistor (UJT) has 3 terminals: Emitter (E). Base-one (B1 and Base-two (B2). Between B, and B2 the UJT has a resistance of from 4.7k to 9.1k.

In operation the UJT emitter voltage VE is lower than the emitter peak voltage VI. The emitter will be reverse biased and only a small leakage current will flow. When VE equals VI the emitter current will increase enormously. At the same time the emitter-B1 resistance will fail to a very low level.

Basic UJT Pulse Trigger Circuit

This is a basic relaxation oscillator. C charges through R, until the emitter reaches VP at which time the UJT turns on and discharges C1 via RB1. When the emitter has dropped to approximately 2v, the emitter stops conducting and the cycle starts again.

The design of the UJT trigger is very broad. RB1 is limited to values below 100 ohms for most applications. R1 should be a value between 3k and 3M. Supply voltage can be from 10 to 35v. If the circuit is being used to trigger an SCR, RB1 must be low enough to prevent DC voltage at the gate from exceeding the maximum voltage that will not trigger the SCR. In practice, keep RB, below 50 ohms. The 2N2646 is specifically designed for SCR trigger circuits. RB2 is typically 100 ohms.

UJT/SCR Time Delay Relay

This circuit provides an efficient, high power and accurate time delay circuit. The SCR should be selected to suit the application. R5 and the zener diode maintain a stable supply for the UJT.

Initially the SCR is off. The timing sequence is started by shorting out C1. C1 then charges through R1 and R2 until the UJT triggers, developing a pulse across R4 which turns on the SCR. Holding current for the SCR is supplied by current through R5 and D2. When the SCR triggers, it pulls the voltage across the UJT to <2 volts. This discharges C1.

The load this circuit will drive depends on the SCR used. A suitable type would be a C106Y. This has a maximum current rating of 4A. This would be enough to drive a relay (even one with a low coil resistance), globes or an electric bell.


This is the simplest metronome circuit. It produces a 'click' similar to that of the traditional mechanical device. The rate is variable from 40 to 220 beats per minute. R1 sets the high rate limit and R2 the low rate limit. Virtually any speaker is suitable. Supply voltage is from 12 to 18v. While an 8 ohm speaker is suitable in this circuit, more volume and higher efficiency can be obtained with a high impedance speaker, such as a 40 ohm unit.

MPF102, 5, 6 Field Effect Transistors

The MPF102-6 series are N-channel Junction-type field effect transistors. The FET is a three terminal semiconductor device. Input voltage is applied to a GATE terminal and controls the current flowing from SOURCE to DRAIN terminals. An important feature of the FET is its very high input impedance. Since the FET makes use of a small input voltage to control a large output current, its gain is specified in terms of TRANSCONDUCTANCE. Transconductance (gfs) is equal to the change in drain current (dI0) divided by the change in gate voltage (dVG) and the formula is usually written as follows:gfs = 100Q(dlD/dVG) where: gfs is the transconductance in micromhos ID is the drain current in DC mA VG is the gate/source voltage in DC volts.

Definitions of specifications

VGS (Gate/Source Voltage) This is the maximum voltage which may appear between gate and source. IDSS (Drain current at zero gale voltage) This is the current which will flow in the drain/source circuit when VGS = 0. It is given for specific drain/source voltages. BVGSS (Gate/Source breakdown voltage) The voltage at which the gate junction of a JFET will enter avalanche. Vp (Gate/Source pinchoff voltage) This is the gate-to-source voltage at which the field just closes the conduction channel. This is given for a specified value of VDS. The value of the drain current is specified (usually 1A).



Ptot (mW)

25v @ IG 1A 0.5-8.0V @ VDS 15v 2-20mA @ Vus 15v

2,000-7,500 300mW

25v @ IG 1A 0.5-8.0V @ VDS 15v 4-16 mA @ Vus 15v 2,000-6,000 310mW 25v @ IG 1A 0.5V-4V @ VDS 15v 4-10mA @ Vus 15v
2,500-7,000 310mW

All types are mounted in T092 plastic cases with pin connections as shown above.

Operation and Applications

The basic mode of operation of the FET amplifier is shown below. This is referred to as the common source amplifier. The gate to source circuit is the input and the drain to source circuit is the output. When a moderate reverse or negative voltage is applied between gate and source, the gate junction becomes 'reverse biased' i.e. the voltage on the gate reduced the current flowing between the source and the drain. At a higher gate-source voltage, the drain-source current is cut to practically zero. This is referred to as the gate-source pinchoff voltage and is listed in the specifications as VP at a drain-source current of either 1 or 10uA. In practical circuits, the DC bias is developed across R2, due to the current being through it. This then puts the source at a positive potential relative to ground. The gate is at ground potential and therefore is at a negative potential relative to the source, R, sets the input impedance of the circuit since the gate of the FET draws virtually no current at all and so is seen by the load as a very high impedance.

*NOTE All the circuits and applications in these pages assumes the use of 'N-channel' Junction FETs, i.e. FETs in which the drainsource material is made of N-type silicon. However, these JFETs may be replaced in the circuits with P-channel JFETs if the polarity of the power supply is reversed.

Typical Design for a Common-Source Circuit

When used as an amplifier, the FET is biased to a certain part of its response curve for lowest distortion and maximum available voltage swing. Assume that the FET has the following operating parameters VDs = 8V (where VDs is the voltage between drain and source) ID = 0.5mA (where ID is the drain current) VGS = -2V (where VGS is the gate-drain voltage or bias) The power supply voltage is 22.5v

FET Applications Source Follower Circuit:

The source follower circuit is suitable where a high input impedance and low output impedance is required, but no voltage gain is needed. The figure below shows a typical source follower stage. Input impedance is set by the gate resistor RG. Output impedance is very low.

RF Preselector

The uses for the FET are not limited to audio applications. The circuit below is for an RF preselector (a tuned amplifier) for the broadcast bands. The FET is a very good device to use in this application, due to its low cross modulation characteristics. Most cheaper receivers use ordinary bipolar transistors to keep costs down. The FET RF amplifier can also take higher signal levels without distortion. The preselector has a Volume Control style gain control between the FET and the emitter follower output stage. This means that only the FET has to handle high signal levels. The tuning capacitor does not have to be exactly the same value as shown in the circuit, any capacitor covering a similar range is suitable. The aerial coil is wound on a 200mm length of ferrite rod. The main winding consists of 42 turns of 22B&S enamelled wire. The second winding consists of a further 6 turns. The preselector gives a marked improvement on the reception of weak signals and aids in the attenuation of adjacent channel interference and noise.

LDR Applications Light Beam Relay

In this circuit the LDR is held at a low resistance by light from a small globe. The circuit is actuated when the beam is broken. The resistance of the LDR then goes high. The circuit is set up so that with the light shining on the LDR the input voltages at the two input terminals of the 741 op amp hold its output 'low'. When the LDR goes to high resistance the op amp's output goes 'high'. This turns the transistor 'on' and pulls in the relay.

Simple timer

The very high impedance of the FET makes it suitable for a wide variety of timer circuits. The circuit below gives one such example. With C1 given a value of 1F, it will give timing periods of 40 sec, and with a value of 100F it gives a period of 35 minutes. The FET is wired as a source follower and has its gate taken to the junction of a time constant network R1-C1 When the supply is first connected, C1 is discharged, so Q1 gate is at ground potential, and the source is a volt or two higher. The base of Q1 is connected to the source of Q1 via R3, so Q2 is turned on and 12v is across R5, When the supply is connected, C1 starts to charge via R1, so the voltages on the gate of Q1 (and on the source) rise exponentially towards the 12v supply. When the voltage reaches approximately 10.5v the bias on Q1 falls to zero and Q2 switches off, the voltage across R5 falls to zero.

FET Voltmeter

The very high input impedance of the FET makes it the ideal basis of a voltmeter. The circuit below has a basic sensitivity of 22M ohms per volt. Maximum full scale sensitivity is 0.5V, and input sensitivity is a constant 11.1 M ohms on all ranges. R7,R8 R9 form a potential divider across the 12v supply. R8 is adjusted for a zero meter deflection. Any potential across the gate circuit of Q1 causes the circuit to 'unbalance'. To avoid drift, the power supply should be stabilized if possible.

555 Light Switch

The use of the 555 timer 1C with an LDR provides a high performance light switch. An LDR is a Light Dependent Resistor and is a very low cost way of detecting light. The 555 is used with its trigger and thresholds tied together to provide a Schmitt trigger with a very low input current but which can drive a relay taking up to 200mA of current. The trigger is activated when the light level on the LDR falls below a predetermined level. The relay energizes when the voltage on pins 2 and 6 is greater than 2/3Vcc. It de-energizes when the voltage falls below 1/3VCC. This gives a hysteresis of 1/3VCC.

The 555 can supply current up to 200mA, so the relay type is not critical. Any with a coil resistance from 100-280 ohms would be suitable.

Light Sensitive Switch

This circuit makes use of the wide change of resistance of the LDR. Between positive and negative supply there is a voltage divider. The bottom section is a variable resistor RV1. The top half is formed by the LDR and a 4.7K ohm resistor in series. In low light conditions when the resistance of the LDR is very high, the bias to the Darlington pair formed by TR1 and TR2 is very low, and they do not conduct. When the light level rises, the resistance of the LDR falls. This turns the transistors 'on' and pulls in the relay.

The LDR should be an ORP12 or similar. The relay should have a pull in voltage of 9V or lower and a coil resistance of 280 ohms or higher.

Photo Electric Relay

This circuit is basically a bistable multivibrator. When the light level is low and the resistance of the ORP12 is high, transistor Q1 conducts and Q2 is off. As the level of illumination increases the resistance drops until Q1 cuts off and Q2 turns on, energizing the relay coil.

The relay should have a coil resistance of 180 ohms or higher and a pull in voltage of 9V or lower

Low power consumption IC compatible Long life

Absolute Maximum Ratings

Reverse Voltage Av forward Current Peak Forward Current Power Dissipation Red 5v 20mA 200mA 100mW Green 5v 30mA 200mA 100mW Yellow 5v 30mA 200mA 100mW Amber 5v 30mA 200mA 100mW Orange 5v 30mA 200mA 100mW

LED Basics
Forward Voltage (IF = 20mA) Red 1.7v Typ. Green 2.2v Typ. Yellow 2.1v Typ. Amber 2.1v Typ. Orange 2.0v Typ. 2.0v Max 2.8v Max 2.8v Max 2.8v Max 2.8v Max

Peak Emission Wavelength Red 697nm Green 565nm Yellow 585nm Amber 600nm Orange 635nm Note: Luminous intensity is measured with a light sensor and filter combination that approximates the CIE eye response curve. LEDs are used in the 'forward biased' mode. i.e. positive on the anode and negative on the cathode. This voltage drop is stated in the specifications (eg 1.7V for a red LED), If the LED is used on a higher voltage than this, a current limiting resistor must be used. The following formula can be used:R = (E -1.7) x 1000/I R is the resistance in ohms. E is the DC supply voltage. I is the LED current in milliamps. A common LED current is 20mA. Some calculated values are:For 6v use 220 ohm. For 9v use 390 ohm. For 12v use 560 ohm. For 24v use 1.2k ohm. If a LED is reverse biased, it will break down, in a similar way to a zener diode. This occurs at 3-5V. It usually damages the diode if a high current flows.

Operating LEDs from the mains

This circuit uses a capacitor as a voltage dropping element. A 1N4148 diode is placed across the LED for rectification. As the voltage across the LED is negligible compared with the supply, capacitor current is almost exactly equal to mains voltage divided by the capacitor reactance. At 50Hz, a 0.47F will result in a LED current of about 16mA. Resistor Rs limits current on transients. A value of 270 ohms is adequate.

The Flashing LED

The Flashing LED has a chip inside the device to produce the flash-rate. Simply connect the LED to a supply voltage (4v to 10v) and the LED will flash at a rate of approx 2Hz. No external resistor is needed up to 10v. For voltages higher than 10v, the resistor should be 100 ohms for each volt above 10v. This is the only LED that does not need a resistor when connected to a supply as it has an internal resistor. All other LEDs MUST have a resistor in series to limit the current and prevent damage.

LED Flasher

This circuit for a LED flasher is very simple and cheap to make and will work on any voltage between 3v and 12v. As the voltage is raised the value of R1 must be increased - The speed can be changed by altering the value of C1 and C2 and/or R2 or R3. Raising the value of C1 and C2 slows the rate down. Raising the value of R2 and R3 also slows it down.

LED Chaser

This circuit acts as a LED chaser. The 4017 is driven by a 555 working as a free-running multivibrator. The speed can be changed by altering C1 or R1.

CQY89 Light Emitting Diode - Infrared LED

The CQY89 is an infrared LED, similar in performance to conventional LEDs, but emitting light in the infrared region. This is visible to the human eye. Unlike conventional LEDs, infrared LEDs are usually pulsed rather than fed with continuous DC. They find wide use in alarms and in remote control equipment.


Maximum Forward Current 130mA Maximum Reverse Voltage 5V Maximum Power Dissipation 215mW Maximum Forward Current 130mA Beamwidth between half intensity directions (IF = 100mA] 40 typ. Wavelength at peak emission (lr = 100mA) (pk) 930nm typ.

BPW34 photosensitive diode


This device is mainly used in combination with a light source for go/no go detection as in card readers and industrial safety devices.

VR Forward voltage 32V Total power dissipation 150mW Spectral sensitivity (VR =5V) 70nA/lx Dark Reverse Current (VR=10; Ee=0) 2nA Light Reverse Current (VR = 5; Ee= 1mW/cm2; = 930nm) 10A

BPW34/CQY89 Infrared light-beam relay

The light is picked up by the photodiode a BPW34. It is wired so that a current is generated that is proportional to the light falling on it. The FET acts as a source follower and impedance matches to the next stage. The amplifier after this acts as a bandpass filter. Its output is coupled to a CMOS Schmitt trigger, followed by a rectifying circuit and a pulse stretcher. This drives a transistor and a buzzer and LED.

A CMOS oscillator drives an output stage consisting of a BC547 transistor and two CQY89 infrared LEDs. Current drive is limited by the 680 ohm resistor. If greater range is required, this resistor may be reduced to a minimum of 150 ohms with a consequent increase in current consumption.

7 Segment LED Displays

The 7 segment display is found in many displays such as microwaves, lifts, ovens etc. It consists of 7 LEDs that have been combined into one case to make a convenient device for displaying numbers and some letters. There are basically two different size displays. 0.3 and 0.5. The two sizes are shown below:

0.3 and 0.5 7-segment displays

Displays come is a range of colours and brightness levels. Most come in super-bright and these are preferred so the display can be seen during the day. They are not much more expensive but give a much better illumination. All displays also come in COMMON CATHODE and COMMON ANODE. The COMMON CATHODE display has all the cathodes of the LEDs tied together and connects to the pin that goes to the 0v rail. This is the most common type of display.

The Common Cathode and Common Anode displays are wired as shown below:

The project above from JJM turns on each segment of the display to show how each letter and number is produced. The second photo is a white 7-segment display.

Electronic Die

This circuit consists of three sections: an oscillator, a counter, and the display. The oscillator uses three sections of a 4069 hex inverter. The 4029 is a four bit counter with the capacity to count from zero to 15. The 4511 driver/decoder takes binary output and decodes it to drive a seven segment display. The current to the 7-segmenl display is limited by seven 560 ohm resistors. The display is a common cathode type, and any 7-segment display can be used.


This circuit uses a 7-segment display as the output of a basic counter circuit. The 7490 counts decimal pulses and converts them to a BCD code. Its output is fed to a 7475 latch. This stores the outputs from the decade counter. The four binary outputs are taken from the 7475 to a 7447 LCD to the 7 segment LED decoder, which drives the display.


The SC151 D is a medium power plastic package TRIAC designed for economical mains power and lighting control. Unlike SCRs, the SCI 51 D is a bidirectional thyristor - when triggered, it conducts in both directions and can be triggered by a positive or negative gate signal. TRIAC (Triode AC Semiconductor). The diagram below shows the V/l characteristics of the Triac. A gate current of the specified level of either polarity will trigger the triac into conduction in either quadrant, provided the applied voltage is less than VB0. Triggering may be from DC, rectified AC or pulse sources such as unijunctions, neon lamps or breakdown devices such as the ST4.


Voltage Rating Current Rating ITSM Maximum peak one cycle non rep. surge current IDRM Blocking Current at 25C dv/dt Off State, Tc = 100C, Rated VDRM, gate O/C FIRING IGT Max DC Gate Trigger current VD=12v, 25C VGT Max Gate Trigger voltage VD= 12v 25C

400V 15A RMS 110A 0.1mA max 250V/S (typ.) 50mA 2.5V

Triac as a switch

This gives improved performance over a conventional switch, as there can be no arcing or contact bounce. This circuit shows a simple three position power control. In position one there is no gate connection, so power is off. In position two there is gate current during one half cycle only and load power is half wave. In position three the gate is triggered on both half cycles and the power is full on. For a simple on-off switch, just delete the diode. Because the contacts only carry current for the few microseconds needed to trigger the triac, the actual switch can be almost any small device: reed relays, thermostats, pressure switches or program/timer switches.

Lamp dimmer/Heater controller

R1 and C1 are a phase shift network - they produce a variable delay in the waveform applied to the ST4 and hence the triac. When the voltage across C1 reaches the breakdown voltage for the ST4, C1 partially discharges into the triac gate through the ST4. This pulse triggers the triac into conduction for the remainder of the half cycle.

This easy-to-build controller is ideal for dimming lights, and controlling the output of electric heating type appliances. The light or heater element etc is placed where the 'LOAD' is marked on the circuit.

ST4 Asymmetrical AC Trigger Switch

The ST4 is an integrated triac trigger circuit that provides wide range hysteresis-free control of voltage. It behaves like a zener diode in series with a silicon bilateral switch (a symmetrical device). The zener provides asymmetry since the switching voltage is increased in one direction by the zener breakdown voltage. Switching voltage: VS1 14v-18v VS2 7-9v Switching current I S1 I S2 80A On-state voltages VF1 (I = 100mA) 7-10v VF2 (I = 100mA) 1.6v max Peak pulse voltage V0 3.5v min

C122D/C122E Silicon Control Rectifier

The C122Dand 122E are medium power plastic package SCRs designed chiefly for mains power and motor control. The SCR is a unidirectional device, (current flows through it in one direction, from anode to cathode). The SCR is a three terminal semiconductor device. The three terminals are the anode (A), cathode (K). and the gate (G). With no voltage applied to the gate terminal, if a voltage is applied to the SCR anode and cathode terminals, (anode positive with respect to cathode) current flow is prohibited. If the supply is reversed the flow is likewise prohibited. Thus with no signal applied, the SCR appears as an open circuit as long as its diode junctions do not break down. The SCR is brought into conduction by applying a current into the gate terminal. This will cause it to conduct in the forward direction (i.e. with the anode positive and the cathode negative). The gate voltages required vary from approximately 1.5- 6.0v. Once the SCR is turned on the gate no longer controls the circuit and the SCR only drops out of conduction when the anode-cathode voltage falls to near zero. At this instant, the current through the device falls to zero.

VDRM (Repetitive off state voltage. Max between anode and cathode) 500V IT (RMS Current through SCR) 8 Amps IGT (Peak Positive gate current) (Tc = 25C) 25mA VGT (Peak Positive gate voltage) (Tc = 25C) 1.5V PG (AV) (Max Gate power) 0.5W IH Holding Current (Current below which the SCR will drop out of conduction) (Tc = 25C) 30mA dv/dt Rate of change of on-state voltage (Max. rate of change of anode-cathode voltage which will not turn SCR on) 50V/sec(typ.) The C122D differs only in that its VDRM is only 400v as against 500v for the C122E.

The SCRs listed above are medium power SCRs (Silicon Controlled Rectifiers) designed primarily for economical mains power and motor control. They are three terminal devices (see above). The electrodes are anode, cathode and control gate. They are unidirectional devices i.e when triggered 'on' they only conduct in one direction. The SCR is a 'regenerative' device. It is triggered 'on' by injecting a signal into the gate. As noted earlier, once the gate has triggered the SCR 'on' it no longer controls the gate. The only way to cause the SCR to stop conducting from cathode to anode is to drop the anode cathode voltage to a level where the current flowing from anode to cathode is below the 'holding level'. This is indicated in the figure above. In practice, this is not a problem, since SCRs are normally used to control fluctuating voltages such as the AC mains. The 'drop out' of the SCR occurs as the mains voltage goes through zero.

SCRs are current rather than voltage triggered devices. This means that they must be fed from a relatively low impedance source i.e. one in which the voltage won't drop down under load from the gate. In a way analogous to a relay or a solenoid, the SCR requires certain minimum anode current if it is to remain in the 'closed' or conducting state. If the anode current drops below the minimum level, the SCR reverts to the forward blocking or 'open' state. The following circuit shows a basic R-C-Diode trigger circuit giving full half wave control. On positive half cycles the capacitor C will charge to the trigger point, at a speed determined by the time constant of R and C. On the negative half cycle, the capacitor is reset by CR2, resetting it for tire next charging cycle, Thus the triggering current is supplied by the line voltage.

C122D, C122E, C106D SCRs Phase Control Circuit

Improved phase control circuit

The following diagram shows a circuit using a neon lamp as a breakdown device. This gives smoother control and improved performance. The neon triggers when the voltage across the two 0.1 capacitors reaches the breakdown voltage of the lamp (60-90V). Control extends from 95% to full off. The neon lamp phase controlled circuit shown below combines the low cost of the simple RC circuit shown before but gives improved performance. The circuit below gives half wave control from 95% on to full off. Full power can be easily obtained by putting a switch across the SCR. The circuit uses a neon. This gives the following improvements: A higher impedance circuit can be used for control. As a result, the control element (which is a 100k pot in the circuit below) can be replaced by a high impedance device such as a thermistor or light dependent resistor, for heating or light control applications.

OP-AMP Basics
The op-amp is a very high gain DC amplifier. This is quoted in specifications as typically in the range of 20,000 to 100,000 times. The symbol for the op-amp is shown below. As can be seen, there are two inputs, the inverting and the non-inverting. If a signal is applied to the -input (inverting) with the + input (non-inverting) grounded, the polarity of the output signal will be opposite that of the input. If the signal is applied to the + input with the - input grounded, the polarity of the output signal will be the same as the input signal. For an AC signal, this means that when it is applied to the - input, the output signal will be 180 out of phase with the input. If the same signal is applied to both the + and - inputs, the two signals will cancel each other out. The op-amp responds to the difference between its two inputs - hence the name differential amplifier. The ability of an op-amp to cancel two equal signals at its pins is referred to as its common-mode rejection.

The most common op-amp circuit is shown below and uses two external components; 1) an input component, R1 2) a feedback component, RF. When the feedback component is between the op-amp output and the negative input the op-amp is said to have negative feedback. When the feedback component is between the op-amp output and the positive input, the circuit is said to have positive feedback. With no feedback applied, the gain is set by the op-amp itself and is very high (at very low frequencies). This is referred to as the open loop gain. When negative feedback is applied, the gain is specified by the feedback components, and is referred to as the 'closed loop gain'. Gain = R f / Ri Thus to produce an amplifier with a gain of 100, we can use an input resistor of 1k and a feedback resistor of 100k. This is shown below with the op-amp connected as an inverting amplifier. To produce a non-inverting amplifier, the signal is applied to the non-inverting input and the feedback components are left on the non-inverting side. This is shown following.

Output Offset
The steady state output of an op-amp with negative feedback is zero when the input is zero. The actual DC output (in a real opamp) is usually not quite zero, and this small unwanted signal is usually referred to as the output offset voltage. Most op-amps have means of nulling this out. Fig A shows the most common method, where the op-amp has special nulling pins. If these are not available, the method in Fig B can be used.

Frequency Compensation

Circuits using op-amps must be designed so that the open loop gain of the op-amp itself is greater than the closed loop gain of the circuit for all frequencies of operation. The gain drops as the frequency increases. This is mainly due to the large amounts of internal 'compensation' used to make sure that they do not oscillate. Frequency compensation is the shaping of the frequency responses of the op-amp so that it does not oscillate due to internal phase shift. This phase shift acts as a time delay. When this delay is great enough so that the input signal is delayed 360 (a complete cycle), the amplifier will oscillate. This is because the 'negative feedback' signal, instead of being in opposition to the input signal will actually reinforce it. Thus the input signal keeps getting bigger and bigger - positive feedback occurs. To make sure this can't happen, the open loop gain of the amplifier is shaped either internally (eg. internal compensation in the 741 op-amp) or externally so that at the frequency where the phase shift approaches 360, the gain is less than unity. In practice we need to be careful that we don't design a circuit which sets a closed loop gain higher than the op-amp can 'keep up with' at high frequencies. For example, the 741 op-amp has a unity gain bandwidth of 1MHz (i.e. at 1MHz its gain is x1) and its gain rolls off from approximately DC at a rate of x10 per decade. This means that at 100Hz it will typically have a gain of 10,000 times, but at 1000Hz this has dropped to 1000 times. By 10,000Hz it has dropped to 100 times. By 100kHz it has dropped to only 10 times.

Power Supply Rejection Ratio

This is the ratio of change in input voltage to the change in supply voltage. This is the ability of an op-amp to reject powersupply-induced noise, hum and drift. Voltage changes on the supply lines are coupled into the amplifier and appear as part of the input signal. Because of this, the power supply hum and noise at the output will be amplified by the gain of the opamp. Thus if the op-amp is being used as a unity gain inverter, the hum and noise at the output will be that at the input. If the gain is set high, then it will be amplified accordingly. The figures presented for power supply rejection in the data are for unity gain and will deteriorate in direct proportion to the gain of the op-amp. To give an example:If an op-amp has a power supply reaction of 80dB (10,000) times, then a power supply hum level of 1v will only produce a hum level of 0.1mV at the output. However, if the op-amp is used at a gain of 1,000 times, this hum will be amplified 1,000 times as well, producing 0.1v of hum in the output signal. Also, power supply rejection will usually deteriorate at high frequencies.


Latch-up is the 'sticking' or 'locking-up' of the output of an op-amp when the maximum differential input voltage is exceeded. In the latch-up condition, the output is stuck at either the positive or negative maximum output voltage, and the input is ineffective in affecting the output. Most of the modern op-amps such as the 741 have eliminated this problem.

CMOS Operational amplifiers

The CA3130 is a CMOS output operational amplifier, originally designed by RCA. It is a good choice when you want the full output voltage swing to go from rail to rail. Like the conventional op-amp, the 3130 has an inverting and a non-inverting input. These go to a pair of p-channel MOSFETs set up as a differential amplifier. Compensation is applied between pins 1 and 8. Compared to the 741, the 3130 has about the same open loop gain and input offset voltage. The input impedance is about a million times higher (2x1012 ohms rather than 2x106) and the input bias and offset currents are proportionately lower. Slew rate is about 20 times better, at 10V/sec. The output of the 3130 is sensitive to capacitive loading. It works on voltages as low as 5v but will only work up to 16v total. Another similar device is the CA3140. It has a bipolar output stage and will work up to a full 15V. Frequency compensation is internally provided. The output easily drives capacitive loads. It has the same high slew rate and input impedance of the 3130

CA3140 High Impedance DC Voltmeter

This circuit makes use of the very high impedance of the CA3140 to produce a high performance DC voltmeter with an input impedance of 11M ohms. The instrument uses a cheap 1mA FSD movement and has a diode bridge to correct polarity. If reverse polarity is applied to the instrument, the op-amp biases the BC558 'on' and this turns a LED on.

741 Operational Amplifier

The 741 is a high performance operational amplifier with high open loop gain, internal compensation, high common mode range and exceptional temperature stability. It is short circuit proof and allows for nulling of offset voltage.


Internal frequency compensation Short circuit protection Offset voltage null capability Excellent temperature stability Hign input voltage range No latch up

Absolute Maximum Ratings

Supply Voltage Internal Power Dissipation Differential Input Voltage Input Voltage (either input) Output Short Circuit Duration 18v 500mW 30v 15v Indefinite

Input Offset Voltage Input Resistance Supply Current Large Signal Differential voltage gain Common Mode Rejection Supply Voltage Rejection Output Voltage Swing (RL 10k) 6mV(max) 2M(typ) 1.7mA(typ) 200v/mV(typ) 90dB(typ) 96dB(typ) 14V(typ)


The 741 is an internally compensated op-amp for unconditional stability. Its gain falls off at 6dB per octave/ 20dB per decade above DC. i.e. as the frequency doubles, the open loop gain halves. It has a unity gain bandwidth of 1MHz i.e. at 1MHz its gain has dropped to x1.

Offset Adjustment
This can be important in DC circuits or where a high impedance feedback resistor is used. A 10k ohm variable resistor is connected between pins 1 and 5 (of the 8 pin package) and the wiper is taken to - supply.

Power Supply Regulation

The 741 can be run on a poorly regulated supply (or one with lots of ripple), but only under certain conditions. Both the 741 and the 301 have a typical supply reaction of 96dB, but this is at unity gain. This decreases with gain. If you are using either op-amp in a high closed loop gain configuration, you must have a well smoothed and regulated supply.

Slew Rate

The 741, when used on 15V rails will swing to near the full supply rails up to 10kHz. Above this it will be slew-rate-limited, dropping to half the value each octave, i.e. only swing half rail at 20k Hz. This may not matter in audio circuits where the standard output is usually 1.0v RMS, which the 741 can work up to approximately 100kHz.

Audio Mixer
This circuit is for a unity gain inverting adder. The output voltage will be equal to the sum of the three input voltages. While the circuit is shown with only three inputs, more could be added if necessary. This circuit is called a virtual earth input mixer since pin 2 (the inverting input) is seen as 'earth' by the input signals. As a result the input impedance is set by the input resistors and there is very little interaction between inputs. It this is used as an audio mixer, it is a good idea to wire capacitors between the inputs and their signals and also on the output. 1uF tantalum would be a good value.

Difference Amplifier

The circuit below shows a typical application for a unity gain difference amplifier- a balanced input audio amplifier. The output is the difference between the two input signals. These circuits are often used in audio when long leads must be run say between a microphone and an audio mixer. Signals such as hum or buzz from lighting controllers (triac dimmers are renowned for their electrical 'noise' producing ability!) are picked up along the cable. The difference amplifier gets this signal equally on both inputs and cancels it out. The good 'wanted' signal will be seen as a difference at the input terminals and will be passed through.

Precision DC Millivoltmeter

The very high DC performance of the 741 and 301 make them ideal for DC measuring equipment. The circuit following is for a precision DC millivoltmeter. It will give full scale voltage readings from 1mV to 100mV in seven ranges.

Peak reading VU Meter

Wein-Bridge Oscillator
The circuit shows how the 741 or 301 can be connected as a variable frequency Wein-Bridge oscillator. As it stands, the circuit covers from 150Hz to 1.5kHz and uses only a cheap miniature globe for amplitude stabilization. Output is approximately 2.5V RMS and distortion less than 0.1 %. The frequency is inversely proportional to the values of C, and C2 and can be varied to work up to about 25kHz.

555 Timer

The 555 is a highly stable device designed for generating accurate time delays or oscillations. Additional terminals are provided ' for triggering or resetting. In the time delay mode (monostable mode) the time is set by one external resistor and one capacitor. In the astable (free running) mode the frequency and duty cycle are set by two external resistors and one capacitor. The circuit can be both triggered and reset on falling waveforms. The output circuit can source or sink up to 200mA. TTL circuitry can be driven directly from the output. A dual version of this IC is available, the 556.


Timing from microseconds to hours Adjustable duty cycle Sink & source 200mA 4-15V operation Temperature stability >0.005% perC

Absolute maximum ratings

Supply Power dissipation +18V 600mW

555 IC


Timing Error, monostable Temperature drift Supply Drift Timing Error, astable Temperature Drift Supply Drift Trigger Voltage Vcc 15V (Itrig = 0.5A) 5V Vcc 5V 1.67v Control Voltage VCC15V 10v VCC 5V 3.3v

50ppm/C 0.1 %/V 150ppm/C 0.30%/V

555 Modes & uses Free-running: astable multivibrator

When powered from a 5v supply the 555 is directly compatible with TTL. It can also run from 4-15v and can source and sink several hundred milliamps at its output. One end of the timing capacitor is connected to ground, the other to the positive supply via resistor(s) allowing the use of electrolytics. The high input impedance allows the use of large resistors and small capacitors. Up to 1000:1 frequency range can be obtained from a single capacitor by changing the resistance timing element.

Astable operation

1. Output (pin 3) is high 2. Charge on capacitor is low 3. Discharge transistor not conducting 4. Capacitor starts to charge 5. When voltage across the capacitor reaches two-thirds of the supply voltage the comparator triggers. Output goes low, capacitor is discharged via R2. When the voltage on the capacitor drops to one third of the supply the comparator flips the circuit back. Then the whole sequence repeats for the next cycle.

If R2 is made large compared to R1, output is low but symmetry of waveform is high.

Altering the Duty Cycle

The duty cycle is the 'on' time as a percentage of total cycle time. This is normally limited to 50%. By adding a diode, a duty cycle of less than 50% can be achieved.

Curing Latch-up problems

Latch-up when driving an inductive load can be avoided by adding two diodes as shown in the circuit below. This stops negative voltage from reaching pin three.

Fine Control of Timing/Frequency

Pin 5, the control pin, is primarily used for filtering when the device is used in noisy electrical environments. However, by putting a voltage on this point, it is possible to vary the timing of the device independently of the 'RC' components. This control voltage may be varied from 45% to 90% of supply voltage in the monostable mode and from 1.7V to Vcc (supply voltage) in the astable mode.

Monostable operation

1. Bringing trigger from +V to ground starts sequence. 2. Output goes positive. 3. Clamp is removed from timing capacitor which then charges to two thirds of supply voltage. The threshold comparator then flips the circuit over. Output goes to ground and the capacitor is rapidly discharged to ground.

Square Wave Oscillator

This simple circuit provides square waves at five switched frequencies from 1Hz to 10kHz. It uses the 555 in the astable mode.

Timer circuit

This circuit produces a warning tone after a preset period. The delay period is controlled by C1/R1 and RV1 and can be adjusted from a few milliseconds to approximately 500 seconds. The 555 is normally "switched off". C1 discharges via R1 and RV1. When it has discharged, the 555 is turned 'on' via Q1 and oscillates, producing a warning tone.

Special Version of the 555 ICM7555

The ICM 7555 is a CMOS timer IC providing significantly improved performance over the standard 555 timer. At the same time it will act as a direct replacement for this device in most applications. Improved parameters include the low supply current, wide operating supply voltage range, low threshold, trigger and reset currents, no crowbarring of the supply current during any output transition, higher frequency performance and no requirement to decouple the control voltage for stable operation. A dual version of the 7555 is available, the 7556, with two timers sharing only V+(VCC) and V-(GND). They are both capable of sourcing and sinking sufficient current to drive TTL loads and have small enough offset to drive CMOS loads.


Low supply current (80A typ) Ultra low trigger threshold. (20pA typ) High speed operation (500kHz guaranteed)

Wide supply range 2v to 18v No crowbarring of supply during reset. Can be used with higher impedance timing elements than 555. Complete static protection.

Absolute Maximum Ratings

Supply Voltage Input Voltage Trigger Threshold Reset control voltage Output Current Power Dissipation +18v Supply + 0.3V Supply - 0.3V 100mA 200mW


Supply Voltage 2v to 18v Supply Current 60-120uA Timing Initial Accuracy 2.0% Drift with temperature 50ppm/C Drift with Supply Voltage 1%/V Trigger Current @ Supply Voltage 5V 10pA Reset Current @ Supply Voltage 5V 20pA Maximum Oscillator Frequency 500kHz Trigger and Threshold Voltages are as for the standard 555.

LM340 and 78XX series 3 terminal regulators LM340T5, 12, 15 7805, 7812, 7815

The LM340 series of positive 3 terminal regulators offer similar performance to the 78XX series. They are complete voltage regulators with outstanding ripple rejection and superior line load regulation. Current limiting is included to limit peak output current to a safe level. Safe area protection for the output transistor is provided. If internal power dissipation is too high, thermal shutdown occurs. Although designed primarily as fixed voltage regulators, these devices can be used with external components to obtain adjustable voltages and currents.


Maximum 1A output Output voltage tolerance 2% Load regulation 0.3% Thermal overload protection Short circuit current limit Output transistor safe area protected Continuous dissipation 15W

Basic use as a fixed regulator

The 10F capacitor across the output is needed for stability and improves the transient response of the supply.

Specifications @ 25C
A7805/ LM340T-5 Output voltage Ripple rejection Input voltage (minimum to maintain line regulation) Dropout voltage Peak output current Short circuit current Load regulation (5mA to 1.5A) Bias current Absolute max input voltage
5v .25 80dB 7.3v 2.0 2.2A 2.1A max 12mV typ. 8mA max

A7812/ LM340T-12
12v .6 72dB 14.5v 2.0 2.2A 1.5A max. 12mV typ. 8mA max

A7815/ LM340T-15
15V .6 70dB 17.5v 2.0 2.2A 1.2A max. 12mV typ. 8mA max


Apart from the normal use as a fixed voltage regulator, the LM340/78XX can be used in a variety of ways with the addition of external circuitry.

Adjustable output
This simple circuit gives the LM340T-5 variable output voltage according to the formula:

Vout = 5v + (5v/R1+IQ)R2

Boosting the current output of the LM340T/ 78XX series

This circuit supplies regulated outputs at up to 5A. At low currents Q1 is off. Only above 600mA is it biased on.

Providing fixed higher voltages

The output voltage of the LM340T/78XX series can be increased over the standard voltage of the regulator by using a zener diode in the common to earth lead. VOUT = VZENER + VREGULATOR

79XX three terminal negative voltage regulators

The 79XX series are three terminal negative regulators with fixed output voltages. The only external component necessary is a compensation capacitor on the output. These are essentially similar to the 78XX series positive regulators, with current limiting and thermal overload protection.

Specifications @25C
Output Voltage Line regulation Quiescent Current Power dissipation Input voltage maximum Minimum input voltage

LM7905 -5v .2 5mV typ 1mA 1.5W -35v 7v

LM7912 -12v .5 5mV typ 1.5mA typ 1.5W -35v 14.5v

LM7915 -15v .6 5mV typ 1.5mA typ 1.5W -35v 17.5v

Standard circuit

The use of a pair of the regulators (positive and negative) makes an ideal dual rail supply, for powering op-amps etc. A suitable circuit is shown below. This one uses 12V regulators, but obviously the voltage can be varied by changing regulators.

This list is only some of the most common types: Device Voltage Current Pinout
7805 78L05 7806 7808 7810 78L12 7812 78S12CT 7818 7824 7905 79L05 7906 7908 7912 79L12 7915 7918 7924 LM317T LM337SP LM123k LM117K +5v +5v +6v +8v +10v +12v +12v +12v +18v +24v -5v -5v -6v -8v -12v -12v -15v -18v -24v +1.2V to +37V -1.2V to -37V +5v +1.2V to +37V 1A 100mA 1A 1A 1A 100mA 1A 2A 1A 1A 1A 100mA 1A 1A 1A 100mA 1A 1A 1A 1.5A 1.5A 3A 3A TO-220 positive TO-92 positive TO-220 positive TO-220 positive TO-220 positive TO-92 positive TO-220 positive TO-3 positive TO-220 positive TO-220 positive TO-220 negative TO-92 negative TO-220 negative TO-220 negative TO-220 negative TO-92 negative TO-220 negative TO-220 negative TO-220 negative TO-220 adjustable TO-220 adjustable TO-3 positive TO-3 positive

The above tables are called TRUTH TABLES. They give all the possible outcomes for a particular gate. The inputs are labeled A and B as shown above and the output is the result of the inputs at HIGH or LOW level. A HIGH is 1 and a LOW is 0.

4001 Metal Detector

4001 is used in this circuit as two different types of oscillator. IC1a and IC1b with R1, RV1 and C2 form one oscillator. RV1 varies its frequency slightly. lCld, C4, C5 and L1 (search coil) form the second oscillator. IC18 acts as a mixer, combining the two oscillators and producing an output which is the difference between the two. This is amplified by TR1 and fed to a magnetic earpiece.

Ultrasonic Transmitter

The 4001 forms a complete 40kHz oscillator and driver for an ultrasonic transmitter. The oscillator frequency can be adjusted by means of RV1. Two gates act as square wave oscillators which then drive the other two gates in push-pull. These drive the transducer in push-pull to get the maximum.

CMOS Logic Probe

The logic probe is an essential instrument for testing digital circuitry. This one uses only one 4001 IC, 3 LEDs and a handful of passive components. Power is obtained from the circuit to be tested. The first gate acts as an inverter by strapping its two inputs together. It is biased for half supply by R1. Under quiescent conditions neither LED1 or LED2 will light. If the input goes high, gate output goes low and LED1 comes on. If the input is taken low, the output of IC1 goes high and LED2 comes on, indicating a low signal. Short pulses are 'stretched by IC gates 2 and 3, producing a flickering output at LED3.

Touch Switch

The near infinite input impedance of CMOS makes it ideal for use in touch and proximity circuits. Usually a touch sensitive circuit needs physical contact, while proximity circuit needs only the presence of an object such as the human body. Touch sensors rely on three features of the human body. Skin resistance is usually a few hundred thousand ohms, the body has a capacitance to earth of around 300pF and the human body acts as an antenna, picking up 50Hz power line fields. The figure below shows a proximity switch based on human coupling of the 50Hz power line. A hand very near the plate will induce hum onto the plate and this will be passed to the circuit. The first gate is a 4001 with both inputs strapped together. The hum will be squared up and used to trip the retriggerable monostable as shown. A clean output results from the instant of first proximity until a few milliseconds after release. The sensitivity depends on the size of the plate. The output of the 4013 can be connected to a relay via a transistor. It could then be used to turn on a light or other piece of electrical equipment. The 50M resistor can be made by putting 5M resistors in series.

CMOS Lamp Flasher

This circuit uses the four CMOS NAND gates of the 4011 as an oscillator and low power driver. The first two form a low frequency oscillator. All the gates are used with their inputs connected together. In this form they act as an inverter i.e. a HIGH produces a LOW out. The very high input impedance of the gates means that high impedance values can be used in the oscillator circuit. The power consumption is also very low and the circuit will function over the normal 3-15 volts range of CMOS.

Audio Alarm

The addition of a VFET driver transistor following a CMOS oscillator makes a very efficient and simple audio alarm. As well as this it will drive a low impedance speaker directly.

Metal Detector

This unit uses two pairs of 4011 NAND gates as two oscillators and two 4011 buffers. The search coil oscillator has its frequency influenced by the position and proximity of metal at the search head. The reference oscillator has its frequency adjusted by the slug tuning of its coil and fine tuning by adjusting the voltage on IC2c. The two signals are digitally mixed in one section of a dual D-type flip-flop.

4017 CMOS Decade Counter/ Divider with 10 Decoded Outputs (Johnston Counter)
The CD 4017 is called a COUNTER or DIVIDER or DECADE COUNTER. It is a very handy chip for producing "Running LED effects" etc. It has 10 outputs. For normal operation, the clock enable and reset should be at ground. Output "0" goes HIGH on the rise of the first clock cycle. On the rise of the second clock cycle, output "0" goes LOW and output "1" goes HIGH. This process continues across the ten outputs and cycles to output "0" on the eleventh cycle. The "Carry Out" pin goes LOW when output "5" goes HIGH and goes HIGH when output "0" goes HIGH. In other words, "Carry Out" is HIGH for outputs 0, 1, 2, 3 and 4. It is LOW when the following outputs are active: 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9. When RESET (pin 15) is taken HIGH, the chip will make output "0" go HIGH and remain HIGH. When "Clock Inhibit" (pin 13) is taken HIGH, the counter will FREEZE on the output that is currently HIGH. The clock signal must have a rise time faster than 5secs (VDD=15v).

6 LEDs on the KITT SCANNER scan back and forth similar to the lights on the front of the KITT car in the movie.

The 10 LEDs on the SCANNER turn on one-at-a-time, from left to right


Logic Probe
The excellent input protection and wide supply voltage tolerance of the 4049 makes it ideal as the basis of a logic probe. The circuit below shows a logic probe for both CMOS and TTL circuits and will work over a 3-15v range and reliably up to 1.5MHz. On a 'low' input, IC1e will send IC1f low, lighting LED 1. On a high input IC1C will go 'low', lighting LED 2. IC1a and IC1b form a monostable circuit which 'stretches' short pulses to 15msec, so they can be seen. Thus on even high frequency pulse trains, LED 3 will flash.

40106 OR 74C14 HEX Schmitt Trigger IC

This chip is known by a number of identities. 74C14. It is also marketed as 40106, 40014, and 74HC14. These are all CMOS chips and are characterised by low current consumption, high input impedance and a supply voltage from 5v to 15v. (Do not substitute 7414 or 74LS14. They are TTL chips and operate on 4.5v to 5.5v and have low impedance inputs.) The 74C14 contains 6 Schmitt Trigger gates. Minimum supply voltage 5v Maximum supply voltage 15v Max current per output 10mA Maximum speed of operation 4MHz Current consumption approx 1uA with nothing connected to the inputs or outputs.

Here are some of the things you can do with the gates in the 40106 Hex Schmitt Trigger chip: INVERTING If the output is required to be the opposite of the circuit above, an inverter is added:

If a diode is added across the input resistor, the capacitor "C" will be discharged when the input goes low, so the "Delay Time" will be instantly available when the input goes HIGH:

The following circuit produces a PULSE (a LOW pulse) when the input goes HIGH:

To invert the output, add an inverter:

To produce a pulse after a delay, the following circuit can be used:

The following circuit produces a tone during the HIGH period. When the output of the second inverter is HIGH, it places a high on the input of the third inverter, via the diode. This is called "jamming" the oscillator and prevents the oscillator from operating. When the second inverter goes LOW, the oscillator will operate.

The oscillator above can be set to produce a 100Hz tone and this can activate a 2kHz oscillator to produce a 2-tone output. A "jamming diode" is needed between the third and fourth gates to allow the highfrequency oscillator to operate when the output of the low-frequency oscillator is HIGH.

The output can be buffered with a transistor:

Extending the action of a push button

The action of a push button can be extended by adding the following circuit:

To produce a pulse of constant length, (no matter how long the button is pressed), the following circuit is needed:

Gating is the action of preventing or allowing a signal to pass though a circuit. In the following circuit, buttons "A" and "B" are gated to allow the oscillator to produce an output. The first two inverters form an "OR-gate." When the output of the gate is HIGH it allows the oscillator to operate.

The second diode is called the gating diode. When the output of the second inverter is LOW, the capacitor is prevented from charging as the diode will not allow it to charge higher than 0.7v, and thus the oscillator does not operate. When the output of the second inverter is HIGH, the capacitor is allowed to charge and discharge and thus oscillator will produce an output. If the push buttons can be placed together, the circuit can be simplified to:

The 74c14 can be used to produce a 3mS pulses every second. The circuit is adjustable to a wide range of requirements.

Some of the features we have discussed have been incorporated into the following circuit. The relay is energized for a short time, 2 minutes after the push-button is pressed. The push-button produces a brief LOW on pin 1, no matter how long it is pushed and this produces a pulse of constant length via the three components between pin 2 and 3. This pulse is long enough to fully discharge the 100u timing electrolytic on pin 5. The 100k and electrolytic between pins 6 and 9 are designed to produce a brief pulse to energize the relay.

The next design interfaces a "Normally Open" and "Normally Closed" switch to a delay circuit. The feedback diode from the output prevents the inputs re-triggering the timer (during the delay period) so that a device such as a motor, globe or voice chip can be activated for a set period of time.

In the following circuit, the gates are used to detect the touch of a door knob and produce an output that goes HIGH for approx 1 minute.

The output of the above circuit can be taken to an alarm. Open the reed switch contacts and connect the reed switch to the output of the Door-knob alarm.

LM 386
The LM 386 is an 8-pin Audio Power Amplifier Minimum supply voltage 5v Maximum supply voltage 15v 3 variations: LM386-N1 cheapest variety 300mW LM386-N3 500mW LM386-N4 expensive variety 700mW

300mW amplifier using LM 386

300mW amplifier using LM 386

Surface Mount Resistors

All SM resistors conform to a 3-digit or 4-digit code. But there are a number of codes, according to the tolerance of the resistor. It's getting very complicated. Here is a basic 3-digit SM resistor:

A 330k SM resistor

The first two digits represent the two digits in the answer. The third digit represents the number of zero's you must place after the two digits. The answer will be OHMS. For example: 334 is written 33 0 000. This is written 330,000 ohms. The comma can be replaced by the letter "k". The final answer is: 330k. 222 = 22 00 = 2,200 = 2k2 473 = 47 000 = 47,000 = 47k 105 = 10 00000 = 1,000,000 = 1M = one million ohms There is one trick you have to remember. Resistances less than 100 ohms are written: 100, 220, 470. These are 10 and NO zero's = 10 ohms = 10R or 22 and no zero's = 22R or 47 and no zero's = 47R. Sometimes the resistor is marked: 10, 22 and 47 to prevent a mistake. Remember: R = ohms k = kilo ohms = 1,000 ohms M = Meg = 1,000,000 ohms The 3 letters (R, k and M) are put in place of the decimal point. This way you cannot make a mistake when reading a value of resistance.


0R1 = 0.1ohm R22 = 0.22ohm R33 = 0.33ohm R47 = 0.47ohm R68 = 0.68ohm R82 = 0.82ohm 1R0 = 1R 1R2 = 1R2 2R2 = 2R2 3R3 = 3R3 4R7 = 4R7 5R6 = 5R6 6R8 = 6R8 8R2 = 8R2 100 = 10R 120 = 12R 150 = 15R 180 = 18R 220 = 22R 270 = 27R 330 = 33R 390 = 39R 470 560 680 820 101 121 151 181 221 271 331 391 471 561 681 821 102 122 152 182 222 272 = 47R = 56R = 68R = 82R = 100R = 120R = 150R = 180R = 220R = 270R = 330R = 390R = 470R = 560R = 680R = 820R = 1k0 = 1k2 = 1k5 = 1k8 = 2k2 = 2k7 332 392 472 562 682 822 103 123 153 183 223 273 333 393 473 563 683 823 104 124 154 184 = 3k3 = 3k9 = 4k7 = 5k6 = 6k8 = 8k2 = 10k = 12k = 15k = 18k = 22k = 27k = 33k = 39k = 47k = 56k = 68k = 82k = 100k = 120k = 150k = 180k 224 274 334 394 474 564 684 824 105 125 155 185 225 275 335 395 475 565 685 825 106 = 220k = 270k = 330k = 390k = 470k = 560k = 680k = 820k = 1M0 = 1M2 = 1M5 = 1M8 = 2M2 = 2M7 = 3M3 = 3M9 = 4M7 = 5M6 = 6M8 = 8M2 = 10M0

The complete range of SM resistor markings for 4-digit code:

0000 =00R 00R1 = 0.1ohm 0R22 = 0.22ohm 0R47 = 0.47ohm 0R68 = 0.68ohm 0R82 = 0.68ohm 1R00 = 1ohm 1R20 = 1R2 2R20 = 2R2 3R30 = 3R3 6R80 = 6R8 8R20 = 8R2 10R0 11R0 12R0 13R0 15R0 16R0 18R0 20R0 22R0 24R0 27R0 30R0 33R0 36R0 39R0 43R0 47R0 51R0 56R0 62R0 68R0 75R0 82R0 91R0 = 10R = 11R = 12R = 13R = 15R = 16R = 18R = 20R = 22R = 24R = 27R = 30R = 33R = 36R = 39R = 43R = 47R = 51R = 56R = 62R = 68R = 75R = 82R = 91R 1000 = 1100 = 1200 = 1300 = 1500 = 1600 = 1800 = 2000 = 2200 = 2400 = 2700 = 3000 = 3300 = 3600 = 3900 = 4300 = 4700 = 5100 = 5600 = 6200 = 6800 = 7500 = 8200 = 9100 = 100R 110R 120R 130R 150R 160R 180R 200R 220R 240R 270R 300R 330R 360R 390R 430R 470R 510R 560R 620R 680R 750R 820R 910R 1001 = 1101 = 1201 = 1301 = 1501 = 1601 = 1801 = 2001 = 2201 = 2401 = 2701 = 3001 = 3301 = 3601 = 3901 = 4301 = 4701 = 5101 = 5601 = 6201 = 6801 = 7501 = 8201 = 9101 = 1k0 1k1 1k2 1k3 1k5 1k6 1k8 2k0 2k2 2k4 2k7 3k0 3k3 3k6 3k9 4k3 4k7 5k1 5k6 6k2 6k8 7k5 8k2 9k1 1002 = 10k 1102 = 11k 1202 = 12k 1302 = 13k 1502 = 15k 1602 = 16k 1802 = 18k 2002 = 20k 2202 = 22k 2402 = 24k 2702 = 27k 3002 = 30k 3302 = 33k 3602 = 36k 3902 = 39k 4302 = 43k 4702 = 47k 5102 = 51k 5602 = 56k 6202 = 62k 6802 = 68k 7502 = 75k 8202 = 82k 9102 = 91k 1003 = 1103 = 1203 = 1303 = 1503 = 1603 = 1803 = 2003 = 2203 = 2403 = 2703 = 3003 = 3303 = 3603 = 3903 = 4303 = 4703 = 5103 = 5603 = 6303 = 6803 = 7503 = 8203 = 9103 = 100k 110k 120k 130k 150k 160k 180k 200k 220k 240k 270k 300k 330k 360k 390k 430k 470k 510k 560k 620k 680k 750k 820k 910k 1004 = 1104 = 1204 = 1304 = 1504 = 1604 = 1804 = 2004 = 2204 = 2404 = 2704 = 3004 = 3304 = 3604 = 3904 = 4304 = 4704 = 5104 = 5604 = 6204 = 6804 = 7504 = 8204 = 9104 = 1M 1M1 1M2 1M3 1M5 1M6 1M8 2M0 2M2 2M4 2M7 3M0 3M3 3M6 3M9 4M3 4M7 5M1 5M6 6M2 6M8 7M5 8M2 9M1

1005 = 10M 0000 is a value on a surface-mount resistor. It is a zero-ohm LINK! Resistances less than 10 ohms have 'R' to indicate the position of the decimal point. Here are some examples: Three Digit Examples 330 is 33 ohms - not 330 ohms 221 is 220 ohms 683 is 68 000 ohms, or 68k 105 is 1 000 000 ohms, or 1M 8R2 is 8.2 ohms A new coding system has appeared on 1% types. This is known as the EIA-96 marking method. It consists of a three-character code. The first two digits signify the 3 significant digits of the resistor value, using the lookup table below. The third character - a letter - signifies the multiplier. code value 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 100 102 105 107 110 113 115 118 121 124 127 130 133 137 140 143 code value 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 147 150 154 158 162 165 169 174 178 182 187 191 196 200 205 210 code value 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 215 221 226 232 237 243 249 255 261 237 274 280 287 294 301 309 code value 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 316 324 332 340 348 357 365 374 383 392 402 412 422 432 442 453 code value 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 464 475 487 499 511 523 536 549 562 576 590 604 619 634 649 665 code value 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 681 698 715 732 750 768 787 806 825 845 866 887 909 931 953 976 Four Digit Examples 1000 is 100 ohms - not 1000 ohms 4992 is 49 900 ohms, or 49k9 1623 is 162 000 ohms, or 162k 0R56 or R56 is 0.56 ohms

The multiplier letters are as follows: letter F E D C mult 100000 10000 1000 100 letter B A X or S Y or R mult 10 1 0.1 0.01

22A is a 165 ohm resistor, 68C is a 49900 ohm (49k9) and 43E a 2740000 (2M74). This marking scheme applies to 1% resistors only. A similar arrangement can be used for 2% and 5% tolerance types. The multiplier letters are identical to 1% ones, but occur before the number code and the following code is used: 2% code value 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 100 110 120 130 150 160 180 200 220 240 270 300 code value 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 330 360 390 430 470 510 560 620 680 750 820 910 code value 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 100 110 120 130 150 160 180 200 220 240 270 300 5% code value 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 330 360 390 430 470 510 560 620 680 750 820 910

With this arrangement, C31 is 5%, 18000 ohm (18k), and D18 is 510000 ohms (510k) 2% tolerance. Always check with an ohm-meter (a multimeter) to make sure. Chip resistors come in the following styles and ratings: Style: 0402, 0603, 0805, 1206, 1210, 2010, 2512, 3616, 4022 Power Rating: 0402(1/16W), 0603(1/10W), 0805(1/8W), 1206(1/4W), 1210(1/3W), 2010(3/4W), 2512(1W), 3616(2W), 4022(3W) Tolerance: 0.1%, 0.5%, 1%, 5% Temperature Coefficient: 25ppm 50ppm 100ppm


A capacitor works on the principle of having two conductive plates which are very close and are parallel to each other. When a charge is applied to one plate of the capacitor, the electrons will generate an approximately equal, but opposite charge on the other plate. Capacitors will pass AC current, but will block DC current. A capacitor can also he used to smooth voltage ripple, as in DC power supplies. Capacitance is measured in Farads (F).

Capacitor Parameters
Capacitors have five parameters: Capacitance (Farads), Tolerance (%), Maximum Working Voltage (Volts) Surge Voltage (Volts) and leakage Because a Farad is a very large unit, most capacitors are normally measured in the ranges of pico, nano and micro farads. Working Voltage This refers to the maximum voltage that should be placed across the capacitor under normal operating conditions. Surge Voltage The maximum instantaneous voltage a capacitor can withstand. If the surge voltage is exceeded over too long a period there is a very good chance that the capacitor will be destroyed by the voltage punching through the insulating material inside the casing of the capacitor. If a circuit has a surging characteristic, choose a capacitor with a high rated surge voltage. Leakage Refers to the amount of charge that is lost when the capacitor has a voltage across its terminals. If a capacitor has a low leakage it means very little power is lost. Generally leakage is very small and is not normally a consideration for general purpose circuits. Tolerance As with resistors, tolerance indicates how close the capacitor is to its noted value. These are normally written on the larger capacitors and encoded on the small ones. Code C E J L N Tolerance .25pF 1pF 5% 15% 30% Code D G K M Z Tolerance 0.5pF 2% 10% 20% +80-20%

Capacitor Markings There are two methods for marking capacitor values. One is to write the information numerically directly onto the capacitor itself. The second is to use the EIA coding system. EIA Coding The EIA code works on a very similar principle to the resistor colour code. The first two digits refer to the value with the third being the multiplier. The fourth character represents the tolerance. When the EIA code is used, the value will always be in Pico-Farads (see Decimal Multipliers). Example 103K This expands to: 1= 1 0= 0 3 = x 1,000 K = 10% (sec Capacitor Tolerance for listings) Then we combine these numbers together: 1 0 x 1 000 = 10 000pF = 0.01F, = 10n 10% tolerance Example 335K This expands to: 3=3 3=3 E = x100,000 K = 10% Then we combine these numbers together 3 3 x100,000 = 3,300,000pF = 3,300nF = 3.3uF

10% tolerance.


A realistic steam sound can be generated with a 4-transistor directly-coupled amplifier connected to a small speaker. The white noise is generated by the breakdown across the junction of a transistor and it is activated by a switch made up of contacts touching the wheel of one of the carriages. As the train speeds up and slows down, the sound corresponds to the movement. See Talking Electronics website for the full project.


Here is the circuit from a 27MHz remote control car. It is a simple single-channel link that activates the car in the forward direction when no carrier is being received, and the motor reverses when a carrier is detected. See Talking Electronics website for more details 27MHz Links.

This is a single channel receiver, similar to the circuit above. It can be modified to turn on a latch a relay. This means the relay can be turned on remotely but it cannot be turned off. The second circuit shows the modification to turn the relay ON with a short tone and OFF with a long tone.

The relay can be turned on but not turned off

The relay can be turned on with a short tone and turned off with a long tone


This solar charger can be used to charge a 12v battery from any number of solar cells. The circuit automatically adjusts for any input voltage and any output voltage. See Talking Electronics website for the full project.


Field strength Meter MkII


A field strength meter is a very handy piece of test equipment to determine the output of a transmitter. Talking Electronics website describes a number of Test Equipment projects to help with developing your projects.



The Infinity Bug sits on a remote phone and when the handset is returned to the rest position, the caller whistles down the line and a very sensitive microphone connected to the infinity bug is activated and any audio within 5 metres is detected.




3-Transistor Amplifier

The surface-mount 3-Transistor amplifier



(0 - 1uA uses a 1uA movement)

The ammeter is placed in SERIES with one lead of a circuit. It must be placed around the correct way so the needle moves up-scale. An ammeter is really a microamp-meter (it's called a movement - generally a 0-30 micro-amp movement) with a SHUNT (a thick piece of wire) across the two terminals. To cover the range of current used in electronic circuits, there are basically 3 types of amp-meters (or 3 ranges): 0 - 1 amp (0 - 1A) 0 - 1milliamp (0 - 1mA) 0 - 1 microamp (0 - 1uA) In each range you can get many different scales, such as: 0 - 1A, 0 - 10A, and higher 0 - 10mA, 0 - 100mA, 0-250mA, 0-500mA 0 - 1uA, 0 - 100uA, 0 - 500uA

Connecting an AMMETER

An ammeter is never connected across a battery or the supply rails of a project as this will create a SHORT-CIRCUIT and a large current will flow to either burn-out the meter or bend the pointer. However, you need to know which way to connect a meter so that it reads upscale. This is how you do it: Remember this simple fact: Current flows through the meter from the +ve lead to the -ve lead and this means the leads must be placed so that the positive lead sees the higher voltage. Do not place an ammeter ACROSS a component. This will generally cause damage and in most cases it will not tell you anything. You can check to see how much current is flowing through a circuit by flicking one lead of the ammeter onto the circuit and watching the needle. If it moves up-scale very quickly, you know excess current is flowing and a higher range should be chosen. If the needle moves fairly slowly up-scale, the chosen range may be correct. Always start with a high range (0-1Amp for example) and if the needle moves a very small amount up the scale, another range can be chosen. DON'T FORGET: Placing an ammeter on a circuit is a very dangerous thing because it is similar to playing with a jumper lead and represents a lead with a very small resistance. It is very easy to slip off a component and create a short-circuit. You have to be very careful. Ammeters have to be connected across a "gap" or "cut" in a circuit and the easiest way to get a gap is across the on/off switch. The accompanying diagram shows how to connect an ammeter.


Basically there are two different types. One PRODUCES a voltage and the other REQUIRES a voltage for its operation. This means you need to supply energy to the second type and this is very important when you are designing a batteryoperated circuit and need to have a very low quiescent current. Here is a list of different types of microphones and their advantages: SUPPLY VOLTAGE REQUIRED: Electret Microphone - sometimes called a condenser microphone. Requires about 2-3v @ about 1mA. Extremely good reproduction and sensitivity - an ideal choice. Output - about 10 - 20mV Carbon Microphone - also called a telephone insert or telephone microphone. Requires about 3v - 6v. Produces about 1v waveform. Not very good reproduction. Ok for voice. NO SUPPLY VOLTAGE REQUIRED: Crystal Microphone - also called a Piezo microphone. Produces about 20-30mV Produces a very "tinny" sound - like talking into a tin. Dynamic Microphone - also called a Moving-Coil, Moving-Iron, Magnetic Microphone or Ribbon Microphone. Very good reproduction. Produces about 1mV. A speaker can be used as a microphone - it is called a Dynamic Mic. or Magnetic mic. - output about 1mV

If a microphone produces about 20mV under normal conditions, you will need a single stage of amplification. If the microphone produces only 1mV under normal conditions, you will need two stages of amplification. The circuits below show the first stage of amplification and the way to connect the microphone to the amplifier.

Connecting an electret microphone.

The 100n capacitor separates the voltage needed by the microphone (about 1v) from the 0.6v base voltage. A good electret microphone can hear a pin drop at 2 metres. A poor quality electret mic produces crackles in the background like bacon and eggs frying.

The internal construction of an electret microphone

Air enters the electret mic via the top holes and moves the thin mylar sheet. This changes the distribution of the charges on the plastic and the changes is passes down the Gate lead to the FET. The FET amplifies the signal and the result is available on the Drain lead.

The crystal microphone has an almost infinite impedance - that's why it can be connected directly to the base of the transistor. The magnetic microphone has a very low internal resistance and needs a capacitor to separate it from the base of the amplifying stage. If it is connected directly, it will reduce the base voltage to below 0.7v and the transistor will not operate.

Connecting a Crystal microphone


You can also use a piezo diaphragm as a microphone. It produces a very tinny sound but it is quite sensitive. Some diaphragms are more sensitive than others, but the sound quality is always terrible.

Microcontrollers are the way of the future. Most of the basic theory you will learn for the individual components in this ebook will become very handy when you need to design a circuit. As a circuit becomes more and more complex, you have a decision to make. Do you want to use lots of individual components or consider using a microcontroller? Talking Electronics website has a number of projects using individual components and this is the only way the project can be designed. But when it comes to timing and requiring an output to produce a HIGH for a particular length of time after an action has taken place, the circuit may require lots of components. This is where the brilliance of a microcontroller comes in. It can be programmed to produce and output after a sequence of events and the circuit looks magic. Just one component does all the work and a few other components interface the inputs and output to the chip. The second special thing about micros is the program. This has been produced by YOU and it can be protected from prying eyes by a feature known as code protection. This gives you exclusive rights to reproduce the project and all your hard work can be rewarded by volume sales. This is the future. Talking Electronics website has a number of very simple projects using microcontrollers and these chips all belong to the PIC family of micros. These chips are very easy to program as they only have 33 - 35 instructions and they can perform amazing things. See the Talking Electronics website for project using these micros. The three micros covered on the website are: PIC12F629, PIC16F84 and PIC16F628. The MCV08A is a Chinese version of the PIC12F629 and has some extra features and some of the features in the PIC12F629 are not present. But the cost is considerably lower than the PIC12F629. The Chinese get special deals all the time.




SIMON is the simple game where you repeat a sequence of flashing coloured lights. All the workings of the project are contained in the program (in the PIC16F628 microcontroller) and the program is provided on Talking Electronics website. See Simon project for more details. This completes Data Book 1. Look out for more e-books on Talking Electronics website:

Sept 2008 Nothing is copyright. You can copy anything. Colin Mitchell